Sunday, December 27, 2009
I walked into my laundry room and there was one little bloom on my Christmas Cactus! The blossom is a salmon pink and it just the cutest thing. I wasn't expecting to see that surprise but it has always been a quirky plant.
It is growing in four "arms" but only one of them has bloomed. Perhaps it will take a notion to show off with another one at Easter time.
Maybe I can get a photo of this little Christmas surprise. (I rescued this little guy, so I wasn't expecting it to be healthy enough to flourish.)
Did you get a cactus to bloom this season?
Thursday, December 24, 2009
This is totally worth 3 minutes and 30 seconds of your life....
I hope it works for you!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I was reminded of the song, My Adult Christmas List yesterday. It has been recorded by Amy Grant, Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, and can be found on Youtube if you are interested in listening and watching it being sung.
Today my devotional reading has included a posting my one of our Spark friends and it dovetails nicely with an adult Christmas list. It may be too Christian for you, but here goes:
My Christmas List for 2009
* peace in the home as in Proverbs 15:17 "better a meal of vegetables with love than a meal with a fattened calf and hatred.
* to be a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor
* a garment of praise
* some oil of gladness
* a crown of beauty
During this rushed and indulgent season, it can be so easy to forget the focus and reason for the feasting and joy. The Gift was delivered plain and simply. MANY through the ages will ignore or mock Jesus who became the Light of the world.
My Christmas list is impossible to buy at a market or on line. You can't wrap it in coloured paper nor can you stick a bow on the top.
We can pray for each other that The Holy Spirit will infuse each of us to take on the blessed attributes that He wills us to display and share with others. We have been commanded to help the poor (it may be the poor in finance, the poor in spirit, the poor in status, the poor in nutrition.) We are able to assist others in all kinds of ways and all through our calendar year.
Share your happiness, share your energy, your enthusiasm, your perspective, your hope.
Does your gladness draw others to want to be with you? Are you a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor?
What better calling is there than that?
Friday, December 18, 2009
You see it in the eyes of the little kids that stand for hours at a Santa Claus parade. It is whispered and rumoured to be in the gift bag or Christmas stocking. Perhaps it hides in the mall behind the next big sale item. Hmmm. nope
Where is that Christmas feeling this year? I have made a few batches of shortbread, bought some bottles of wine for the hostesses I'll be seeing next week. I have a few items tucked away for my sweetie's Christmas stocking. So I seem prepared.
I have mixed feelings about this holiday season that is upon me. Sure, it's raining out in this part of the world. I know Christmas is not all about gifts or the holiday food. The music has eluded me for most of the time... could that be it? Probably not.
I have watched "It's a Wonderful Life" and a few moments of "The Miracle on 34th Street." (Did I get the number right?
Lights blaze on the front of our new little house and tomorrow night my guy's Christmas dinner for the company is being planned. Fa la la la la...
Here's my Top Eight Ideas for my missing excitement:
-I'm not attending church like I have in the past. No focus in that department at all.
-I'm thousands of kilometers from my parents and my daughter.
-We are not planning to visit DH's side of the family on Christmas Eve.
-Bible study on the nativity story... kinda missed giving it a read or a listen
-I usually hand-make a gift for somebody. Hmmm, hasn't happened this year.
-We have been too busy to make a plan or list of what we want to do about Christmas.
-I am deciding against many delicacies of the season: eggnog, sausage rolls, mince tarts, chocolates. (Good for the waistline, but lousy for setting the mood.)
-No tree: none of my old decorations: no angels, no Nativity scenes (I had lots of international ones collected.)
I've relaxed my efforts and expectations to the point of wondering if I am becoming an old Ebenezer and waiting for all the rush and panic in the streets to evaporate.
My "chill pill" attitude has robbed me of a certain celebratory emotion. Hum bug- hum drum.
Well, I guess I'll get on with things and see if I can get my head around the fact that by next week, the 25th will be upon me whether I'm feeling it or not.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
I have yet to watch the movie with Jack Nicholson, "The Bucket List" but I have seen snippets on the TV while surfing around.
It got me thinking... what do I want to accomplish before I am called up yonder?
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." Helen Keller"
I am very good at getting my dishes washed, making the bed, buying groceries and filling the car up with gasoline. (All necessary bits of life.)
BUT on my deathbed will I be wishing I had washed more dishes or took the garbage out on time, a few more times? Not likely.
Today I posted the Question Of The Day on the Victorian Tea Parlour Group site, 'what would you say is on your Bucket List?'
I have always wanted to be good at painting. I don't care if it is watercolours, acrylic, oil or mixed media. But I don't take the time to give it a try.
So much of my life is just like that example. So here goes:
- I want to write my own song. Heck, let's get it recorded on a disc!
- I want to try flying in a hot air balloon.
- For the need for speed, I'll give ziplining a try too.
-I would like to get married again. (There, that didn't hurt.)
-I would sew my own gown this time, I think.
-I want to see Washington DC in the spring with all the cherry blossoms blooming.
- I'd like to shake hands with Nelson Mandella
- I would enjoy learning how to host a radio show.
- Learn to paint a landscape.
- Read all the novels by Margaret Atwood
- My pastry talent is poor. I would like to make an edible apple pie with 'heaven;y' crust!
- I would love to learn to dive into a pool of water without looking like a train wreck.
- I would enjoy a vegetable garden with all my favourites: carrots, peas, green beans and beets.
- I would love to go to The Empress Hotel in Victoria for high tea. ($$$$)
- I want to learn how to sea kayak... I can walk to the sea for goodness sake.
- I'll give an all terrain vehicle a try. (Now, where is that sports bra hiding?)
- I'd like to visit England again. Let's tour London and some teeny villages too.
- I would enjoy making a stained glass window.
- Anyone want to teach me salsa dancing? I promise to focus.
- I'd like to take my sister and mom up to Alaska altogether.
- OK, I'd take my adult daughter too. Yeah, she'd be a blast.
- I'd like to drive an extremely expensive vehicle... I'm not picky. (Make it sleek and vintage.)
- I'd like to spend more time in a hot tub.
- I could be the author of a children's book.
- I'd like to hostess a tea party for my neighbourhood ladies. I think 15 ladies would be just about right.
- I'd like to be on a sailboat in the Caribbean for a weekend.
- I would enjoy visiting the world's best museums.
- Take my dad out karaoke singing again, on a weekly basis.
- During a walk in the woods, I would like to try using a video camera.
Maybe my list isn't as extreme or exciting as yours would be. Take a moment and imagine what you would like to experience before you are past your 'best before date.'
Got any ideas??
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